Dental hygiene is more than clean teeth and bad breath control. Maintaining your dog’s dental hygiene helps prevent periodontal disease and preserves their overall quality of life. Learn more on our blog. While toothbrushing is the best way to remove plaque from your dog’s teeth, it may not be easy with our busy schedules. Dental chews can help improve oral hygiene at home between regular exams and cleanings.
Here at VetRxDirect, we carry a large variety of dental health solutions. We would like to highlight some new dental chews that will help keep those mouths clean, fresh, and healthy.
Grinders Dental Chews
Grinders Dental Chews help keep your dog’s teeth clean and maintain good oral hygiene. They help reduce bacteria in the mouth as well as plaque and tartar formation on the teeth and gums with a proprietary blend of ingredients. Grinders are designed as a tasty treat for your dog and are great as a part of a dental health routine. They contain natural peppermint flavor and parsley to help fight bad breath. Grinders have a hypoallergenic formula with low sodium content and are wheat and gluten free.
Breakables Clenz-a-dent chews area an easy way to clean your dog’s teeth. The beef rawhide’s abrasive texture helps clean the teeth and are designed to break apart as your dog chews. They have a dual enzyme coating that helps reduce the formation of plaque and tartar in the mouth and freshens breath. The chicken flavored coating makes these and an irresistible dental treat.
EZ-Clenz Dental Chews
EZ-Clenz dental chews help keep your you dog’s dental health in check. These tasty beef hide chews feature a blend of enzymes to clean teeth and prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar. E-Z Clenz works to clean teeth and freshen your dog’s breath as they chew.
CET Veggiedent F3ESH Chews
CET VeggieDENT FR3SH Chews are a vegetable-based chew that reduce plaque buildup and tartar. The z-shape chews scrub your dog’s teeth when they bite down, and freshen breath. They include beneficial prebiotics to support proper digestion and maintain gut health. Made with plant-based ingredients and do not contain animal protein, wheat gluten, artificial or GMO ingredients.
Just like humans, dogs and cats are susceptible to environmental conditions that can challenge nerve functions. AgmaVet is a new, first-of-its-kind nutraceutical for dogs and cats that supports healthy and resilient nerve functions. It contains G-Agmatine®, a dietary source of agmatine sulfate which works by targeting the key mechanisms responsible for functions of the nervous system and peripheral nerves, including neurotransmitter receptors. G-Agmatine® is a proprietary brand of agmatine, a substance delivered from the natural amino acid arginine. AgmaVet may help preserve neuromuscular strength and sensory nerve interactions. It may also support quality of life for animals with certain nervous system disorders. The manufacturer, Gilad & Gilad, created this formula exclusively for dogs and cats with the same benefits from AgmaSet, their human labeled supplement. AgmaVet is a gluten-free formula and it does not contain preservatives, additives, or allergens.
Ask your veterinarian about this new solution for nerve resilience and healthier nerve functions. Check out our website for more information.
Periodontal disease is the most common dental condition in dogs and cats. It is also one of the most preventable diseases. Oral hygiene is required to prevent painful mouth conditions for your pet. Do you know the signs of dental disease? Learn more on our blog. Dental exams are essential for the early detection of problems. Toothbrushing is recommended as the best way to remove plaque and prevent tartar, but this is not always tolerated by our pets or feasible for our busy schedules. Dental supplements can help improve oral hygiene habits for our pets between regular exams and cleanings. We have featured 1-TDC Periodontal & Joint Health, a new supplement popular among other pet parents at VetRxDirect.
What is 1-TDC?
1-TDC Periodontal & Joint Health
1-TDC is an all natural, nutritional supplement designed to support periodontal and joint health in dogs and cats. 1 TetraDecanol Complex (1-TDC) is an esterified fatty acid complex oil that supports oral, joint, and skin health. It encourages healthy gum tissue, reduces bad breath, and may slow the progression of periodontal disease in dogs and cats. 1TDC also works to support the recovery and performance of your pet’s joints keeping them active and mobile.
1-TDC® is a patented blend of fatty acids that are derived from grass-fed, beef tallow and formulated into a unique fatty acid complex. These fatty acids are quickly absorbed and utilized by the body, whether applied topically to the gums or given whole. Because 1TDC is a fatty acid, not a protein, it does not trigger animals with food allergies.
How Do I Give 1-TDC to My Dog or Cat?
The 1-TDC softgels have a unique, heart shape and twist off tip. Their natural beef flavor is highly palatable and accepted like a treat by both dogs and cats.
Squeeze capsule and let them lick it as it exits the capsule.
Apply onto their food dish and mix with a couple pieces of hard food. The natural licking motion will distribute the product onto the gums sufficiently.
Gently squeeze the capsule contents over the gums. Squeeze half on one side and then the remainder on the other side.
Squeeze capsule contents onto their nose or paw and they will lick it off.
Learn More From Elite Vet Science: Maker of 1-TDC
Dog and Cat Owners Give Their Opinions on 1-TDC Periodontal & Joint Health
Don’t take it from us. We’ve included these reviews straight from our website. Check out what other pet owners are saying about it.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Great product!
Deborah ✅ Verified Buyer
Our youngest cat lost 2 teeth as a result of tartar build up. I started him on this and within 4 weeks there was a noticeable difference. The vet wanted to know what we were doing so she could recommend it to other pet owners. I also give it to our 17 year old Siamese, it appears to boost his mobility
⭐⭐⭐⭐✩ Easy to useBy Lola ✅ Verified Buyer
I cannot address how effective these are for joint health or periodontal health but my dogs love these so much. We’ve been using them for a month and my two dachshunds seem more energetic. But the biggest surprise was when I took them to vet for flea meds and vet commented on how great their teeth looked. That was a first.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ A must have for greyhound periodontal maintenance
By Brenda ✅ Verified Buyer
This product is the best I have found to soften plaque and reduce gum inflamation. It is applied to the gums and i give my grey the caplet to chew and swallow. It is also good for joint health. Remarkable product, excellent price.
February marks National Pet Dental Health Month, and we are here to pay tribute to those pearly whites. Learn more about periodontal disease – including the warning signs, test your knowledge with a quiz, gain tips on toothbrush training, and see the newest dental products.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is the most common dental condition in dogs and cats. It is also the most common condition that goes unnoticed by us, pet owners. Caused by poor oral hygiene, this disease causes more than bad breath. It can lead to painful mouth conditions and make eating difficult for your dog or cat. It can also lead to more serious problems and affect internal organs.
Periodontal disease starts when bacteria in the mouth accumulate and form plaque, a sticky film that clings to the surface of teeth. If the plaque is not removed, minerals in the saliva will cause the plaque to harden and form tartar. Tartar is a hard, crusty deposit that is yellow to brown in color and easily seen on your pet’s teeth. Tartar forms on the surface of the teeth, but also forms at and below the gumline where it cannot be seen. Tartar underneath the gumline can irritate gum tissue, cause infection, and lead to gum recession, loose, teeth, and bone loss.
Tartar can cause damage to the jawbone and the tissues that connect the tooth to the jaw bone. Oral exams are essential for preventing disease, and x-rays are needed in order to asses dental health below the gumline. Make an appointment with your vet if your dog or cat shows any of these warning signs.
Warning Signs of Dental Disease
Redness or swelling of the gums
Bleeding from the mouth
Loose or broken teeth
Tenderness or swelling in or around the mouth
Dropping food from the mouth, abnormal chewing, or drooling
Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
Veterinary Dental Care
Periodontal disease is very preventable. How? With regular dental exams from your veterinarian. Your dog or cat’s teeth and gums should be checked at least once a year for early signs of problems.
During an exam, they will look at your dog or cat’s teeth and gums for signs of plaque or tartar buildup, and detect any problems. Your vet will recommend a regimen based on your pet’s age, general health, and the condition of their teeth. X-rays and regular teeth cleanings are a common treatment plan for dental wellness and diseases. If a cleaning is due for your dog or cat, ask about discounts or special dental health programs during February as they’re often available during pet dental month. Learn more.
Home Dental Care
Start a regular dental regimen as early as you can. If you have a puppy or kitten, get them accustomed to opening their mouth, moving the upper and lower lips, and regular gum massages. This will help them become more accepting of regular tooth brushing and oral exams.
Commit to your plan. Stay on schedule and follow through with your plans for the best long-term dental care. Dental hygiene is a very important part of your dog or cat’s overall health and longevity.
Choosing Oral Hygiene Products. Talk to your veterinarian about which dental health supplies, chews, or supplements are right for your pet and how to use them. These can help you maintain your pets dental health at home between visits or cleaning, and may help prevent the formation of oral diseases. Above all, toothbrushing is the most effective method to remove plaque. It is important to choose a pet toothpaste, as human toothpaste can contain harmful ingredients. Getting your pet comfortable with toothbrushing can take time and patience. Check out the helpful video below. Dental chews, rinses, supplements, and other products also help keep teeth clean and maintain hygiene.
How much do you really know about your pet’s dental health? Take this quiz by the AVMA.
Dental Health Care Products
VetRxDirect has a wide selection of dental care products for both dogs and cats. Check out these favorites:
1-TDC, TetraDecanol Complex, is an esterified fatty acid oil that naturally supports healthy gum tissue and helps reduce the risk of periodontal disease in dogs and cats. It also works to encourage the health and function of your pet’s joints to keep them active and mobile.
Vetradent reduces bacteria in the mouth responsible for plaque and tartar formation. It is an odorless, tasteless, and colorless liquid that contains Biotrate technology to break through bacterial biofilm in the mouth. Vetradent also eliminates bad breath and maintains the dental pH balance. Use Vetradent Water Additive to fresh water, or Vetradent Spray or Wipes for the teeth and gumline.
OraVet Dental Chews eliminate bad breath and prevent bacteria from attaching to the teeth using your dog’s chewing action. These chews are highly palatable, easily dissolved, and safely digested.
CET Enzymatic Toothpaste controls plaque, tartar, and freshens breath. Available in malt, poultry, and seafood flavors. Makes a great addition to a home dental care for your dog or cat.
While February is National Pet Dental Health Month, dental health should be a daily ritual for dog and cat owners all year long. How do you take care of your pet’s teeth? Leave us a comment below!